Oil Sands Flogger Bruce Carson Fined $50,000 for Illegal Lobbying - 2020-11-04
Carson is the first former designated public office holder to be convicted of breaching the Lobbying Act's five-year ban on former public office holders using their connections to lobby after they've left office. He's been given five years to pay the fine; Carson's lawyer has said his client is on the verge of bankruptcy.
Two other people have been convicted of failing to register as a lobbyist, but Carson, who worked for Harper from 2006 to 2008, and again for a month in 2009, was the first to be captured by the sweeping five-year prohibition imposed by the Federal Accountability Act. It was a hallmark piece of legislation meant to herald a new era of accountability and transparency in the aftermath of the previous Liberal government's sponsorship scandal.